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Plutarch and rhetoric : the relationship of rhetoric to ethics, politics and education in the first and second centuries AD

Authors
  • Tsiampokalos, Theofanis
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2024
Source
Ghent University Institutional Archive
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Language
English
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Abstract

A fundamental reappraisal of Plutarch’s attitude towards rhetoric -- Plutarch was not only a skilled writer, but also lived during the Second Sophistic, a period of cultural renaissance. This book offers new insights into Plutarch’s seemingly moderate attitude towards rhetoric. The hypothesis explored in this study introduces, for the first time, the broader literary and cultural contexts that influenced and restricted the scope of Plutarch’s message. When these contexts are considered, a new perspective emerges that differs from that found in earlier studies. It paints a picture of a philosopher who may not regard rhetoric as a lesser means of persuasion, but who faces challenges in openly articulating this stance in his public discourse.

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